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Sierra Nevada / Russian River BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale



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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
What began as mutual admiration between Sierra Nevada’s Grossman Family and Russian River’s Cilurzos has grown and progressed into genuine friendship. Brux began as an idea and has grown into something altogether different:

The liquid manifestation of change over time.

Refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brux will change and develop over time. Copper-colored, dry and complex, with slightly tart notes of green grass, pear, spice and lemon - this ale will progress in the bottle for many years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2012
moderate Belgian character. rate is from right when this came out so tart but barely there Brett/funk

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2012
750, pours hazy brass with foamy white head, tart and lightly estery /phenolic aroma, intriguing, light but assertive malt presence, mildly funky, heavy cabonation, decent, time will be good to this beer (although it will be a bottle bomb by then)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2012

Date: July 28, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Crabapple Bottle Shop
Appearance: clear copper, fine off white head, bitsof lace
Aroma: dry pale malt aroma, straw, horse blanket, light spicyness, touch of malty sweetness
Flavor: bright sweet flavor, malty sweetness, just a touch of wild yeast, light spicyness
Overall: will age nicely as the sweetness turns wild
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2189) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2012
pours a semi-clear pale orange with a small white head that leaves without saying good-bye, and little to no lacing. smell is somewhat sour, floral, citrus, yeast, and a touch of spice. taste is carbonated, tart, citrus, wild yeast, a touch of malt, some fruits, and some caramel. ends tangy and tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Great sour aroma, but sadly the taste doesn’t match. Weak and watery taste. Some wild yeast, some sour lemon, and a bit of cherry. A gift from Nick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (6399) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
This poured a cloudy yellow color with a white head. aroma was lots and lots of brett, light wheat notes, lemon peel, and some other light spices. Flavor was a tad sweet for what I was expecting, light alcohol nnotes, some spice, and good amount of brett. Reminded me of a bretted triple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
25.4 oz. Bottle. Fresh. Lots of sediment, Brett, in bottom of bottle. Vinous, breadiness scent, Brett underneath, a little weak in strength. Bubbly white head to a ring over a copper high carbonated pour. Light body, crisp, with a fizzy finish - great! Delicate flavor, bright fruit (lemon), vinous, bread, Brett, peppery spices. A little expensive, but I’m going to age a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle is nice and slightly hazy orange with nice fluffy and streaming carbonation, nice white head. Aroma has nice notes of dusty cobwebs, lemon, biscuit, bread, some nice lactic, hints of white grape, pear, and peach, touch of earthy and dusty basement notes again. Taste is a nice mix of pear, peach, some white grape, grass, slight spice, touch of bready and yeasty malts, hints of earthy and spicy notes, some lemon and biscuity notes, finishing fairly sweet but some slight funk comes through. Definitely lacking in lactic from the aroma, but really a nicely done brett beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Pours a mostly clear copper color, large initial head quickly fades to nothing. Aroma is lightly barnyard, faint hint of lemon. Flavor is about the same - a light touch of bretty barnyard, a bit of lemon that suggests sourness, but doesn’t quite get there, and an undefined spice note looms in the background. Subtle, bordering on elegant. Wish I had a second bottle to sit down for a decade, this could really evolve into something special. Or not. You just don’t know with brews like this. This was a bit better than my score indicates.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - SEP 3, 2012
750 Bottle. Was pretty excited about this one given the minds behind the brew, maybe I should have bought an extra to save for a later date. Interesting mix, unlike any of the farm house or sour bers I have tried. definitely enjoyable, but different than I was expecting, I guess I should have read the back of the label. Good beer but not sure I will spring $15 for another bottle as I prefer a more sour beer. Thanks to the brewers for putting this one out there.

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